FROM RACHEL YATES, PRESBYTERY EXECUTIVE
THE HARDER WORK
I ache for the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and all who were killed before them.  I grieve my part in the sin of racism, but I have no words for you to make things better.

Words don't cut it anymore.  We used words last year in our Presbytery gatherings as we focused on reconciliation.  Robin DiAngelo and Bettina Love drew large crowds and challenged our thinking about racism.  We left those gatherings more informed and perhaps personally motivated.  It was a step in the right direction, but we didn't ...( READ MORE )
PRESBYTERY PULSE
This meeting serves as the rescheduled May 16th Presbytery Gathering.
ZOOM MEETING TRAINING
In preparation for the June 15th digital Presbytery Gathering Presbytery staff will be offering three training sessions for how to use and participate in Zoom meetings.  
Training sessions will be offered 
  • June 8th at 2:00 p.m.
  • June 11th at 12:00 p.m.
  • June 11th at 5:00 p.m. 
If you need to learn how to use Zoom, brush up on your Zoom skills, or are just curious about what functions will be used during the Presbytery Gathering join us!  Email Chris Halverson with the date and time you would like to attend, and Chris will reply with the link for the training session.
 
Or if you would like to watch a recorded training, h ere is a recorded session created by the Synod of Mid America:
ZOOM Council Meetings for Commissioners - Synod of Mid America (15 minutes)
 
Or if you would like to see written instructions, here is a link:
WHERE ARE WE? 
The CDC, Badger Bounce Back Plan, and Presbytery of Milwaukee Reopening Guidelines all take a phased approach to reopening our church buildings.  In Wisconsin, we currently have not met the public health gating requirements for Phase 1.  We will provide updates as this changes.   
A TRINITY SUNDAY SERVICE OF WORSHIP
This week's worship service in the Christian calendar lifts up the Trinity, the mystery of one God in three persons that is unique to the Christian faith.  In her message "We Don't Know Much," Rev. Sue Eaves speaks to the mystery of the Trinity by reflecting on the communal nature of God.  In doing so she offers assurance of God's steadfast, relational love while at the same time challenging the church to be witness of this love in community action.  Now more than ever, it's a message we need to hear, "Our vocation is to make the divine community real. "  Her message is followed by a charge from Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly who reflects on the most recent acts of racism and violence that are unfortunately but some in a long line of systemic brokenness.  As Eves message speaks to our unity in the community of Christ, Nelson's charge "there is work to be done" provides direct focus for our ministry here and now.  Prayers ,music, and scripture provide space for engaging the Triune God in holy conversation, listening, and reflection.
COVID-19 PRESBYTERY RELIEF GRANTS AVAILABLE
The Presbytery of Milwaukee Council and Commission on Congregational Vitality are working together to provide relief aid and support for our congregations in response to COVID-19.
Please see this  grant application form for details.  Grants are available to both individual ministers and congregations.
We continue to hold you and your ministries in prayer.
If you have any questions, please contact Ann Gibbs, Associate for Ministry Vitality.